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Poverty alleviation topic for Reid, Estell article

Dr. Kenneth J. Reid, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of freshman engineering, and Dr. John K. Estell, professor of computer engineering and computer science, are co-authors of an invited article recently published in the International Journal of Engineering Education.

Titled "Incorporation of Poverty Alleviation in Third World Countries in a First-Year Engineering Capstone Course," the article discusses the incorporation of a culminating design project requiring freshman engineering student teams to conduct research on how poverty affects a third world country. Based on this research, the teams identify a specific need that can be addressed via an engineered design. The project requirements also included following and documenting the engineering design process, preparation of a proposal, regular verbal and written status reports, and both development and presentation of a prototype.

The poverty alleviation requirement has allowed students to directly experience multiple learning outcomes as specified in ABET accreditation criteria, including understanding engineering in a global and societal context, along with criteria typically found in senior-level capstone course such as the ability to function in teams and to communicate effectively.